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Gothic literature and vampire movies for your next research paper

On October 10, 2014, the film Dracula Untold opened worldwide. Unlike other vampire movies, this film weaves vampire mythology with historical facts about Prince Vlad, the Impaler. Vampire films and the history on which they are based can combine into a good research paper topic.

You can use "Dracula Untold" in your next literature research paper. (Credit: Live Journal)

You can use “Dracula Untold” in your next literature research paper. (Credit: Live Journal)

If you’re looking for a topic in literature, consider writing a research paper on gothic literature and its part in film and mythology. Here are a few gory details to get you started on your research paper. Read more

Research paper topics: Writing a research paper on emerging technologies

Just when you think you know every tech gadget on the market, something new is bound to appear on store shelves. (Courtesy of Phil Campbell)

Just when you think you know every tech gadget on the market, something new is bound to appear on store shelves. (Courtesy of Phil Campbell)

Are you puzzled about writing a research paper? Do you need to come up with good research paper topics?  Whether it’s education, law, health or business, the future will include emerging technologies that you can write about in your next paper. Even if it isn’t the technology itself, there are wider implications to the uses of technology. Questions of privacy and the control of information are just a couple of examples that show how technology impacts every profession. Read more

Writing a research paper recap: From thesis statements to citations to conclusion

Get the help you need from start to finish. (Courtesy of  Kotecky)

Get the help you need from start to finish. (Courtesy of Kotecky)

As we have seen in our series on writing a research paper, it’s important to allow yourself enough time to complete your assignment. The entire process begins with choosing your topic and includes research, creating thesis statements, writing, inserting citations, revising, formatting and writing your conclusion. Let’s review the highlights of the research paper writing process.

Writing a research paper: Finding research paper topics

In week one of writing your research paper you spent your time finding the right topic. Along the way you probably learned that the best topic is one that is tightly focused. Read more

Writing a research paper part 4: Revising, formatting, fine-tuning citations and writing your conclusion

The final steps in writing a research paper means you're almost to the finish line. (Courtesy of Joshbdork)

The final steps in writing a research paper means you’re almost to the finish line. (Courtesy of Joshbdork)

In week four of writing a research paper you’re near the end of the process. However, you still have plenty to do. You’ll want to get feedback from your professor and make revisions to your paper. Double-check your citations to make sure that you avoid plagiarism. Oh, and don’t forget the formatting. You want the paper to be readable and to conform to guidelines. Now is also the time to write your conclusion where you’ll wrap everything up in a few insightful paragraphs.

Revising your research paper

It’s a good idea to put your paper aside for a few days and work on other assignments. Read more

Writing a research paper pt 3: How to write an outline, draft the paper and add citations

Taking the extra step to write an outline before you begin writing your research paper will save you more time in the long run.

Taking the extra step to write an outline before you begin writing your research paper will save you more time in the long run.

Now that you’ve chosen a topic and collected notes, it’s time to begin writing a research paper. In this article we’ll cover how to write an outline, create a rough draft of your paper and how to add citations. There’s a lot to cover, so let’s dive right in.

How to write an outline

When taking notes, many experts suggest that you write them on individual index cards. Then, you can place the cards on a table and rearrange them to create the flow for your paper. This flow will become your outline. Read more

Writing a research paper part one: How to get started finding research paper topics

Research paper tips

Research paper tips (Image by Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia.)

When you’re assigned writing a research paper, don’t panic. Get started right away. The sooner you begin, the more time you’ll have to find the best research paper topics, gather information, and polish your paper into a portfolio piece that earns you an A.  Follow this how-to for some tips and resources to help you get off to a good start on your next research paper assignment.

Get started

First, make sure that you completely understand the assignment. Read the description that was given to you by your professor. Read more